People are reluctant to medication and therapy due to how it expensive it can get. We here, at Counseling on Demand, understand that and want to provide you affordable therapy. However, I also want to let you know that there is affordable, generic medication to all the brand name antidepressant medications, such as fluoxetine for Prozac. It’s the exact same ingredient, just a different brand name. The medication I am talking about is sertraline, a generic version of Zoloft. This medication has the least side effects and works within one to two weeks. Interested in learning more? Then read on!
Sertraline and Its Benefits
Sertraline, or sertraline hydrochloride, is used to treat most mental disorders such as depression, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. It’s an SSRI, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, so it works to restore balance in the brain. It’s used to improve your mood by decreasing fear, anxiety and unwanted thoughts. Your doctor may start you off on a lose dose and gradually increase it as time goes on. It’s important to follow your doctor’s orders and take medication at the same time everyday. Continue taking it even if you feel well. If you suddenly stop, you could experience symptoms of mood swings, headaches and fatigue. Symptoms are minimal but be sure to tell your doctor if you experience the following: nausea, dry mouth, dizziness, diarrhea, upset stomach and trouble sleeping. Before taking sertraline, you should tell the doctor if you have any allergies, especially to latex that’s found in sertraline drops.
In the emergency that someone has overdosed from sertraline, call 911. If you miss your dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Do NOT double the dose to catch up. WebMd has included images of doses and what they look like. GoodRx ranges sertraline from $8.00-$30.00 dollars, which is really inexpensive. My client purchased her 90-day sertraline for the price of the $30.00 dollars! She was shocked at how inexpensive it was and wished she had done it sooner. One way she did it was through Walgreens Savings Club. She was discounted for the medication and, as an individual, she only pays $20.00 dollars annually! Now, that’s amazing savings.
In general, sertraline is one of many generic medications that works towards improving mood and stability. It doesn’t have to be expensive to feel better. Just look at my client’s example. She was able to speak to her nurse practitioner, who was able to call it in for her and get into an amazing savings club. One way you can help yourself is to visit a clinic that provides affordable doctor visits. Talk to your doctor about how you are feeling and that you want them to prescribe inexpensive medication for you. They should go over your options and write up a prescription, in which you can pick up at your local pharmacy. Along with therapy, a good diet and exercise, generic medication may be all the help you need.